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Hong Kong and Taiwanese Airlines Take Steps to Prevent Coronavirus Spread

As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan's, the most affected and adjacent territories to the epicenter, local airlines have carried out new measures to help stop the spread of the disease. StarLux Airlines, a brand new Taiwan-based airline which launched services two days before the Lunar New Year, announced on Feb. 8 the suspension of its Macau service. The new airline continues to operate flights out of Taipei to Penang, Malaysia, and Da Nang,…

Cathay Pacific Suspends 90 Percent of Flights to Mainland China

Cathay Pacific announced it will be reducing capacity to Mainland China by 90 percent, as a measure of precaution against the Coronavirus spread. The Hong Kong-based carrier is following the steps of most global carriers who have either temporarily suspended flights to mainland China or are cutting frequencies to combat…

Hong Kong’s Aviation Industry Encountering Ongoing Turbulence

Hong Kong’s aviation industry has paid the price for the recent social unrest in the region.  Hong Kong Airport recorded 71.5 million passengers last year, a 4.2 percent decrease compared to the prior year. Meanwhile, total cargo declined 6.1 percent year-over-year. The passenger volume of the airport is facing its…

Hong Kong Airlines Facing New Lawsuit Over Leased Aircraft

The year 2019 came to a startling and difficult end for Hong Kong Airlines as a second airline leasing company sued the airline over delinquencies on a pair of aircraft. Dublin-based Awas Leasing One filed a lawsuit in Hong Kong accusing the struggling airline of failing to pay over $2.9…

Hong Kong Airlines Meets Government Deadline, Tries to Begin Turnaround

The government of Hong Kong on Monday presented struggling carrier Hong Kong Airlines with an ultimatum: Find the money to pay its employees by Dec. 7 or risk having its operating license suspended or even revoked. The next day, the airline's chief executive officer released a statement vowing to take…

Cathay Pacific To Cut Capacity in 2020

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific has announced that capacity on the airline will be reduced in 2020 due to impacts from the recent unrest. The capacity reductions will see a decrease of 1.4 percent year-over-year and an adjustment in the carrier’s budget in 2020. In September, the carrier was expecting capacity…

Hong Kong Airlines’ Operating Certificate in Jeopardy as Airline Fails…

The continuing political protests in Hong Kong have been cited by Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) as the main reason a significant number of their staff will not be paid on time this month. The South China Morning Post on Thursday reported excerpts of an internal HKA memo which stated: “Hong…

United Reduces Winter Frequencies to Hong Kong

Over the last few months, several airlines including Delta and United have been cutting capacity to Hong Kong as political unrest in the country and its economic effects have shifted demand to the Asian hub. United is taking the measure further and temporarily cutting frequencies from Newark and San Francisco as…

Mixed Signals From Airlines on Hong Kong Market Demand

There were mixed signals this week that international tourism to Hong Kong may be seeing demand levels return to normality after almost six months of continuous political unrest. This comes after the number of travelers to the city dropped by as much as 40 percent in the peak month of…

Hong Kong Aviation Industry Still Facing Severe Turbulence as August…

The Hong Kong aviation industry is still reeling from protests that have gripped the city-state all summer. The former British colony is seeing the most critical crisis in decades as according to Hong Kong's Financial Secretary Paul Chan, the number of visitors fell 40 percent from last year. The world's…